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4:52 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Search Of Judge's Pike County Cabin Turned Up Drugs, Guns

Former Judge Michael Cook
Former Judge Michael Cook
Credit booking photo

A search by federal agents of a cabin owned by an Illinois judge turned up drugs, guns and ammunition.  
The search of former Judge Mike Cook's Pike County hunting cabin came two months after Associate Judge Joe Christ died last year of a cocaine overdose in the cabin's bathroom. Cook was in custody at the time of the search.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports (http://bit.ly/1hYTPaq ) despite the lag between Christ's death and the search of the cabin and Cook's Belleville home, federal agents seized 48 items of potential evidence listed in the search warrant inventory recovery log. Authorities say among them were items covered by a white residue and drug paraphernalia.  

The 43-year-old Cook, who pleaded guilty to drug and gun charges, is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 26.